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Welcome to the November edition of our Local Government Briefly.

>   2016 Walking the Talk Seminar
>   Human Resources Masterclass
>   Employment – Caution when including aspirational statements in enterprise agreements
>   Regulatory – Dog and Cat Management Act amendments before Parliament
>   Environment & Planning – Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015
>   Property, Infrastructure and Development - Local Government (Stormwater Management Agreement) Amendment Bill 2015
>   Environment & Planning – Lindner v City of Marion

2016 Walking the Talk Seminar

Tell us what you want to hear about at South Australia’s most valuable workplace seminar.

Walking the Talk is back in 2016 and Norman Waterhouse’s Employment and Industrial Relations Team will again take you through an in-depth analysis of the most important issues facing your workplace. Also, back by popular demand, our interactive Q&A session.

This is one seminar that Chief Executive Officers, human resource professionals and senior managers across State and Federal industrial regimes can’t afford to miss.

Get the right advice on your workplace issues at this full-day seminar.

"It is the only conference that I MUST attend each year. You all continue to deliver a dynamic line up of subjects and presenters, well done."

"The best seminar I have attended in recent years."

Friday 1 April 2016 | Crowne Plaza Adelaide

Click here to add the calendar appointment to Outlook.

To have your say and shape the agenda, submit your topics to marketing@normans.com.au


Human Resources Masterclass

On 6 November 2015, the Norman Waterhouse Employment and Industrial Relations team hosted the Human Resources Masterclass, an interactive and practical learning experience for CEOs and human resource professionals in the local government and private sector.

The Masterclass focussed on two key areas, a practical perspective to the Return to Work Act 2014 (SA), and a scenario driven workshop on conducting a workplace investigation.

I am pleased to say that the Masterclass was a great success and we received much positive feedback and topic suggestions for future workshops.

The Norman Waterhouse Masterclass will be one of the two regular conferences hosted by the Norman Waterhouse Employment and Industrial Relations team each year, the other being, of course, our popular Walking The Talk conference which will be held on 1 April 2016.

I wish to thank everyone who attended and participated in the Masterclass. For those who were unable to attend this year, I strongly encourage you to take the opportunity to join us next year.

Kind regards
Sathish Dasan


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Employment – Caution when including aspirational statements in enterprise agreements

Aspirational statements are often included in enterprise agreements to convey organisational aims and goals. The inclusion of these aspirational statements may not be intended to create binding legal obligations on the parties. However, quite often, where there is more than one drafter having input into the agreement, the output may not have the clarity and precision that reflects the true intention of the parties. The decision of National Tertiary Education Union v La Trobe University [2015] FCAFC 142 demonstrates where an aspirational statement contained in an enterprise agreement can be deemed legally binding on the employer.

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Regulatory – Dog and Cat Management Act amendments before Parliament

In April, we circulated a comprehensive report regarding a suite of proposed changes to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 (DCM Act).

The State Government has consulted with the local government sector, as well as other groups (including animal welfare, veterinary, and breeding associations), and those proposed changes (with some variations) have now reached Parliament in the form of the Dog and Cat Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2015 (DCM Amendment Bill).

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Environment & Planning – Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015

Late in the evening of 17 November 2015, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015 (the Bill) was passed in the Lower House. The Bill, as passed, contains numerous amendments, all of which were moved by the Government itself.

Notable amendments include:

  • a requirement that the proposed State Planning Commission conduct a review of any environment and food production areas which are established on a five yearly basis (clause 7(7a));

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Property, Infrastructure and Development - Local Government (Stormwater Management Agreement) Amendment Bill 2015

Who is responsible for stormwater is a traditionally complex question. Historically, the impact of stormwater and associated risk and damage has been dealt with as a nuisance issue – and often a legally challenging and expensive one. In more recent times, State and Local Government representatives have come together with a view to providing an enforceable framework for the management of stormwater at a State level, and to promote stormwater consideration and management at a local level. The need to manage nuisance and flooding issues has extended to include recognition of the environmental and economic benefits of stormwater harvesting and reuse. 

Please click here to read more.



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Environment & Planning – Lindner v City of Marion

A recent decision from the Supreme Court, Lindner v City of Marion [2015] SASCFC 171, has provided guidance regarding:

  • whether integrated garages forming part of a “dwelling” as defined in Schedule 1 to the Development Regulations 2008 (Regulations); and
  • the proper interpretation of public notification tables in development plans.

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This case concerned an application for three two-storey townhouses (on separate allotments) which were to be joined together and erected side by side. Each townhouse incorporated a garage/carport under the main roofline which provided direct access to each dwelling.

Please click here to read more.



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